The Renties Ypres Rally is still proving to be exciting and unpredictable and there was one major surprise in the last look - the big crash for Sebastien Bedoret.
Things at the top may be stable but Kevin Abbring wants to let his Irish rival know that he is not going to give up, winning stages Dikkebus (SS 17) and Westouter-Boeschepe (SS 18), on the latter 20.33 km he was able to take 7.4 seconds off Craig Breen. Breen was able to take back 0.1 on Zillebeke (ES19). Still a great fight. But there are no more worries for the VW top three with Kris Princen only 42 seconds off the lead and two minutes ahead of the rest.
The major shock of this loop comes from Sébastien Bedoret, who crashed his Skoda Fabia on SS17 Dikkebus. As a result, in 4th place, Verschueren becomes the first Skoda driver, ahead of Freddy Loix. Rounding out the top five is Davy Vanneste, who is three minutes behind the leader and 30 seconds ahead of British Rally Championship leaders. There was some concern for the M-Sport team who worked on the transmission of Matt Edwards’ Ford Fiesta, though he was able to maintain his lead over Tom Cave (Hyundai i20). Edwards has a comfortable gap over Cave who not protect his second place. But a lot can happen in the final loop - there can be so many things in Ypres ... and up to the last metre.
Ole Christian Veiby (Hyundai i20) suffered a fire on the on the second pass of Zillebeke. While the crew are ok, the special stage was interrupted. A fixed time was thus allocated to the drivers who did not complete the stage at speed.
Further to the English battle, Alex Laffey (Ford Fiesta) is third in the British Championship and the tail of the top 10 overall. Then there is the retirement of James Wilson (Peugeot) at the beginning of Dikkebus (SS 17). He was 2nd of the British Junior, which he leaves to Ruairi Bell (Ford Fiesta) 6 minutes of the leader of this category - James Williams. He sits 17th overall and still leader in RC4, 30 seconds ahead of Timo Van der Marel (Opel Adam).
The GT battle remained stable with Tim Van Parijs, Fredericq Delplace and Claudie Tanghe still compose the top 3.
Four stages remain with Langemark, Reninge, Vleteren and Watou, totallying about 45 km. We will find out who the winner is at 20:35.